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Thousand Guineas Tips - Luckless runner to make amends?

  • Flit had little luck in the lead up race to the Thousand Guineas. 
  • Can she make amends as favourite or will it be a roughie? 
The majority of the Thousand Guineas contenders were in action at Caulfield recently (PA images)

Can Flit turn things around and take out the Thousand Guineas (1600m) as favourite or will another rival score in the $1 million race for the fillies?

The Godolphin galloper comes off a complete 'forget' run in the Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m) when simply seeing no daylight whatsoever in the straight behind the eventual winner, Acting, who was able to get away with an untroubled time of it out in front. 

A feature of this year's Thousand Guineas is that eight of the 11 runners come out of the Prelude. In past seasons, a number of runners had their prior start in the Manifold Stakes (1600m) at Flemington or the Flight Stakes (1600m) at Randwick. 

Last year's Thousand Guineas winner, Amphitrite, was backing up after taking out the Manifold last year, while the 2016 winner, Global Glamour, had her prior run in the Flight. 

This year, Emeralds, I Am Eloquent and Affair To Remember come out of separate races. The latter two come out of the Listed J Moloney Pinchapoo (1400m), while Emeralds was 4th in the Tea Rose Stakes. 

Her form is more than handy but I suspect the winner will come out of the Guineas Prelude and it may not be the obvious selection. 



One of the forgotten horses in the market is the Anthony Freedman-trained Southbank, who had a tough run in the Prelude, sitting three and four deep for much of the trip but managing to run on well to finish runner-up, beaten just over a length. 

It was an impressive display from the daughter of Fastnet Rock, who showed excellent improvement after finishing runner-up at her previous start, which was at Geelong in a Class 1. 

The Anthony Freedman stable have a habit of timing their runs perfectly with their late maturing types and this horse looks to be no exception. 

Freedman has two runners in the race, including Lyre, who went from a Sale Maiden win to a Blue Diamond (1200m) victory within two starts back in the autumn. 

A similar performance in terms of improvement is on the cards for Southbank. James McDonald rides and should give her the perfect steer from barrier 4. 

It should be noted that favourites have a poor record in this race and in recent years the likes of Melody Belle and Alizee have gone down. I am inclined to risk Flit after her luckless, yet inconclusive run last time, in favour of the value that Southbank represents. 


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